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14438 (and counting) posts since we started blogging 14 years ago. 716 of them this year alone and, so far, 13 this month (August 6).

From This Moment On ...

August

Wed 10: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Wed 10: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Wed 10: Darlington Big Band @ Darlington & Simpson Rolling Mills Club, Darlington. 7:00pm. Rehearsal session (open to the public).
Wed 10: 4B @ The Exchange, North Shields. 7:00pm.
Wed 10: Take it to the Bridge @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm.

Thu 11: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ The Holystone, North Tyneside. 1:00pm.
Thu 11: Baghdaddies @ Cumberland Arms, Newcastle. Time TBC.
Thu 11: Indigo Jazz Voices: Little Big Band Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:45pm. POSTPONED!
Thu 11: Tees Hot Club @ Dorman’s Club, Middlesbrough. 9:00pm. Guests Donna Hewitt (sax) Josh Bentham (sax) Garry Hadfield (keys).

Fri 12: Ben Gilbert Trio @ Bishop Auckland Town Hall. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: Classic Swing @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Fri 12: New Orleans Preservation Jazz Band @ Oxbridge Hotel, Stockton. 1:00pm. £5.00.
Fri 12: Rendezvous Jazz @ The Monkseaton Arms, Monkseaton. 1:00pm.

Sun 14: Vieux Carré Hot 4 @ Spanish City, Whitley Bay. 12 noon.
Sun 14: Tees Valley Jazzmen @ Hammer & Pincers, Preston le Skerne. 1:00pm.
Sun 14: Vieux Carré Jazzmen @ West Park, South Shields. 2:00pm.
Sun 14: Foundry Jazz Ensemble @ The Exchange, North Shields. 3:00pm.
Sun 14: Anth Purdy @ Blues & Bourbon, Newcastle. 4:00pm. Free.
Sun 14: Castillo Nuevo @ Revoluçion de Cuba, Newcastle. 5:30-8:30pm.
Sun 14: Sunday Night Am Jam Special @ The Globe, Newcastle. 7:30pm. Note start time.

Mon 15: Jazz in the Afternoon @ Cullercoats Crescent Club. 1:00pm.
Mon 15: Stu Collingwood Organ Trio @ Black Bull, Blaydon. 8:00pm. Blaydon Jazz Club.

Monday, August 16, 2021

Newcastle Jazz Festival Day Three (the middle sets): Not Now Charlie & the Abbie Finn Trio - August 15

Not Now Charlie: Jamie Toms (tenor sax); Pawel Jedrzejewski (guitar); Richard Campbell (keyboards); Liam Gaughan (bass guitar); Dave Mckeague (drums)

The home straight. The third of three days of varied, quality live jazz. Note 'live' jazz! Throughout the festival many of the musicians remarked upon the novelty of performing for, and in front of, people. Funny old world, eh? 

Jamie Toms and Liam Gaughan were just two of many faces working non-stop to help make the festival run without a hitch. If there was a hitch, it went unnoticed by the many punters who turned up to enjoy the music. For three quarters of an hour Jamie and Liam were able to forget about festival duties and take to the stage to enjoy themselves playing music. 

Tenor saxophonist Jamie fronts Not Now Charlie with six-string bassist Liam working in the engine room alongside powerhouse drummer Dave McKeague.  The five piece outfit played all original material from the band's pre-lockdown Nostalgia Revisited album and it was as if the guys had never been away. NNC ripped through the title track, Mythos and Hadath with its Middle Eastern vibe. Pianist Richard Campbell did the necessary, guitarist Pav Jedrzejewski did the business with a touch of Sco's angular blues feel for good measure, and, as a unit, we were listening to one tight, grooving band.                                                                                                            -----    
The Abbie Finn Trio: Abbie Finn (drums); Harry Keeble (tenor sax); Paul Grainger (double bass) 

It's easy to lose count, who did what and when? Now, without checking, Mr Paul Grainger could well lay claim to have been the hardest working musician at the 2021 Newcastle Jazz Festival. Here he was again today, down for two sessions. Later Mr PG would be heard working on Sue Ferris' Gerry Mulligan set (see LL's review). In a more familiar role, Paul joined drummer Abbie Finn and tenor saxophonist Harry Keeble to play a selection of numbers from Abbie's recently released Northern Perspective album and a few modern jazz standards. 

Abbie's Walkabout has a familiar ring to it. If it bears a resemblance to a classic number from way back that's no bad thing. Until a tune springs to mind, consider it Abbie's! The trio remembered Chick Corea with a fine take on Windows, Harry tipped his metaphorical hat to Michael Brecker on Don Grolnick's Nothing Personal, and the tenor horn gave a measured reading of Mingus' Goodbye Pork Pie Hat. To round off their set, Abbie and the boys danced their way through Victor Feldman's Seven Steps to Heaven
 
Day three was well and truly under way. We were looking ahead to the festival headline appearance of Mr Jay Phelps. Russell

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